Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Regional thinking sometimes emerges as a consequence of sprawling growth. Tampa Bay is a good case in point. New residential development in Manattee and Hillsborough counties is forcing civic leaders to consider regional approaches to development planning.
Here's the dilemma: In Florida, as in most states, development decisions are left in the hands of local officials. They can make incremental decisions -- one subdivision here, another there -- that accumulate to large scale regional impacts.
Increasingly, these challenges will spread across Southern and Western states. From 2000 to 2030, population in theses regions are expected to grow by over 40%. (In contrast, population in the Midwest states is expected to grow by only 9%.)
The struggles in and around Tampa will play themselves out in other metro regions in the South and West. Read more about what is going on in Tampa. Read more.
posted by Ed Morrison |
Some Background on EDPro Weblog
The purpose of this weblog is to help economic development professionals -- EDPros -- keep up with the changes sweeping our profession. Strap on your goggles. It's a whole new game. There are no experts any more. The only place to learn about economic development is from other EDPros who are doing it.
One other point: the prevaling approach (paradigm, if you like) in economic development is shifting from competition to collaboration. There are a lot of reaasons underlying this shift, but here's the important insight: You, your community, and your region will do better by collaborating and sharing information.
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Speaking and workshops on Open Source Economic Development
As the idea of Open Source Economic Development starts spreading, more people are asking about it. Visit the I-Open web site to learn more. My colleagues and I are happy to explain the basic concepts in a talk or a workshop. E-mail Susan Alshuler if you'd like to learn more about workshops and speaking.
Background on Ed Morrison
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